Posted on January 3rd, 2012
Many photographers, professional and novice, will be very accommodating and travel to various locations for photo shoots. With the demand for various locations, it is important that not only to travel safe but to protect your equipment from theft. Many hotels offer a safety box for expensive items and prefer patrons to provide a written itemized inventory of any expensive possessions. Here are some helpful travel tips to ensure safety to your equipment.
- Notify the hotel in advance as well as at check in of any equipment you may bring to their establishment.
- Before leaving your studio or home, write all serial numbers down from the camera to every lens being brought.
- Instead of using a protective camera bag, consider changing your camera bag to an everyday bag. Most purse/bag snatchers are familiar with camera bags and can spot the value a mile away but by using a different kind of bag it can help you by keeping a low-profile.
- Avoid having customers enter your room and hold conferences in the hotel lobby or local restaurant.
- When leaving the safety of your hotel room, only take equipment that will be necessary for the photo shoot in progress. Place the remainder of your equipment somewhere safe, such as the hotel safe.
- Investigate insurance companies for property insurance. Some insurance companies will offer professionals, such as photographers, with insurance for their equipment to ensure coverage for any loss or damage to the equipment.
Traveling to events and locations can be fun and safe if proper precautions are taken. Your equipment is much value to your profession and must be kept safe from theft as well as damage. Understanding the options a photographer has for safety can result in a safe and productions photo shoot.